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Hey guys, just got my new Elantra the other day. I don't HATE the stock stereo but really wanted to treat myself to a nice cheap upgrade as this will be my commuter car and I will be spending a reasonable amount of time in her. I don't want to go crazy, I just am thinking about replacing the stock speakers to get a little punchier bass and clearer vocals.

I couldn't really find a detailed thread that talked about others with 2017-18 value editions doing the same thing. I was wondering if any of you guys out there have done the same thing and could point me in the right direction. Proper wire harnesses to integrate with the stock system, make/model of speakers that fit/sound good with the car. Any hurdles to expect when integrating, etc.

Anyone have detailed step by step guides to integrating speakers?

Glad to be here as a new member, any help is much appreciated!
 

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I own a 2018 Value Edition as well. I don't mind the stock speakers at all, but I've considered adding some sort of subwoofer somewhere to help improve the bass a bit. I don't really want to go and change around the whole system since I rather like the touchscreen and all that.
 

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I don't really want to go and change around the whole system since I rather like the touchscreen and all that.
I agree, I don't want to do anything that would involve messing with the infotainment system. Simple speaker swap........ MAYBE a sub woofer addition down the road. I want whatever I do to be very simple for now.
 

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Guys, this was one h3lluva hot topic in 2011 on the MD subforum. There were quite a few deviations that ranged from simple speaker upgrade to full-blown window rattling systems.

From memory, Crutchfield seemed to be quite helpful on speaker selections and standing behind their products. There was an ohm issue, as well, with the stock speakers. Add to that, the mounting holes and improvising some fitments in the doors with aftermarket units.

I’m not much help, but a search of that MD forum may get you off high-center and pointed into some direction. If I didn’t already have the factory Infinity system, I’d probably pull off a front door panel and take a few pics. Maybe pull a speaker to read the print on the back of the magnet for watts, ohms, etc.

All the best in this endeavor. It is doable! :cheers:
 

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Guys, this was one h3lluva hot topic in 2011 on the MD subforum. There were quite a few deviations that ranged from simple speaker upgrade to full-blown window rattling systems.

From memory, Crutchfield seemed to be quite helpful on speaker selections and standing behind their products. There was an ohm issue, as well, with the stock speakers. Add to that, the mounting holes and improvising some fitments in the doors with aftermarket units.

I’m not much help, but a search of that MD forum may get you off high-center and pointed into some direction. If I didn’t already have the factory Infinity system, I’d probably pull off a front door panel and take a few pics. Maybe pull a speaker to read the print on the back of the magnet for watts, ohms, etc.

All the best in this endeavor. It is doable! :cheers:
Thanks for the encouragement. Yeah I did see some of the older model upgrades, but I was hoping that there might be some specific stuff to the newest generation aka 17-18 models in case there were some specific idiosyncrasies to this newest gen. Maybe someone will be able to chime in. If I go ahead I will certainly try to put in some time and document my travels.
 

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Guys, this was one h3lluva hot topic in 2011 on the MD subforum. There were quite a few deviations that ranged from simple speaker upgrade to full-blown window rattling systems.

From memory, Crutchfield seemed to be quite helpful on speaker selections and standing behind their products. There was an ohm issue, as well, with the stock speakers. Add to that, the mounting holes and improvising some fitments in the doors with aftermarket units.

I’m not much help, but a search of that MD forum may get you off high-center and pointed into some direction. If I didn’t already have the factory Infinity system, I’d probably pull off a front door panel and take a few pics. Maybe pull a speaker to read the print on the back of the magnet for watts, ohms, etc.

All the best in this endeavor. It is doable! :cheers:
Shop manual states for the 2017 Infinity sound system:

"Enter the anti- theft code for the radio, then enter the customer`s radio station presets."

When replacing the radio. Ran into this with other vehicles, about the only thing they tell you with your OEM radio is how many speakers you are getting with it, nothing about radio power output or the resistance of the speakers.

Could pull the radio, mount it on my test bench with all kinds or electronic test equipment to make measurements, with these new radios, even with a circuit diagram with pinouts for identification, can't even fire them up, searching for that anti-thief code from the BCM.

Ha, who would want to swipe an OEM radio anyway, only good for a particular year, make, and model. Last time I did this had to remove the entire interior to learn what I had, need all external amps for all the speakers, OEM radio did not have an external amp output so had to design my own, made it completely reversible as to not avoid the warranty.

Did look for a better woofer for my Infinity sound system, only one that fits directly is from Hyundai, any thing else requires extensive sheet metal work.

Kind of a mean thing marketing does not offer just a radio upgrade, to get one, have to buy a whole bunch of other stuff, don't blame engineers, blame marketing.

Yes it possible, but requires a lot of extra work and money.

Ha, back in 1960 designed my own Klipsch folded horn speakers and built them, haven't found anything better since them and still using them some 60 years later. Can sure pour a lot of money in an automotive system, but only good for a couple of years when your pride and joy turns into a pile of rust.
 

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Not sure about the Value Edition speakers or head unit specs, but in other cars I've had decent bang-for-the-buck experience upgrading just the stock speakers. Many are light magnet, paper cone, ultra-cheap junk. Notable sound improvements can be had with even low-to-mid price aftermarket speakers....and a little imagination and elbow grease for installing.

Last time I looked, Crutchfield had a few pix of Elantra speaker installs but no detailed instructions for removal of door trim.
 

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Ha. I look at my garage wall loaded with all kinds of tools, what do I need those for with a plastic pry bar in my hands.

Do have to check the resistance of your stock speakers and replace those with the same resistance or will toast your radio. May have to add external amps.

Better quality speakers really don't cost that much extra to manufacture, labor, the most expensive is about the same, but with bean counters,every tenth of a cent counts.

As far as I am concerned all these new radios are way overpriced, LCD screen is a printing press operation, no more mechanics like a series of tuned inductors with built in memory, just a bunch of cheap IC's that can be laid on a board at the rate of 30 per second. GPS chips two of them are made by the billions and look how cheap flashram became. Most are unrepairable, in the trashcan they go filling up our landfills.
 
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